Disaster Relief

Helping others in a time of crisis is perhaps one of the most basic aspects of our faith in Christ. When we hear of someone in need, something deep within us stirs and urges us forward to see how we can help. Children understand when someone is hurting. In fact, they often grasp this much better than we do. Through all of our layers of reasoning, distraction, and comfort, we’ve gotten pretty good at ignoring the pain of others. But children have a special way of taking on the pain of those around them, and they feel it deeply. They want to help any way they can. That is why it’s so important to teach our children about disaster relief.

There are many ways of doing this, but here are just a few ideas you can use to introduce your children to disaster relief:

  • Host a special time of prayer at your church for disaster relief volunteers and the people they serve.
  • Help your children come up with a way to raise money for local disaster relief efforts near you.
  • Bring your children to a disaster relief site. Let them see the teams at work and (with permission from parents) put your kids to work!

However you decide to introduce your children to this amazing ministry, make sure they understand they have a part to play as well. Disaster relief doesn't exist so we can leave the hard work to the “professionals.” Working alongside these incredible volunteers gives us direction and inspiration to serve others more effectively. Never underestimate the power of a few determined kids on a mission to make a difference!


Zachariah Seanor is the national consultant for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and Youth on Mission; husband to an amazing wife; and lover of the great outdoors. When he’s not in the office writing blogs, he enjoys warm fires, cool summer nights, and long walks with his border collie, Nellie.

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